Wednesday 23 December 2015 Hotel Deal: Larmont Sydney by Lancemore, Potts Point

Larmont Sydney by Lancemore, Potts Point

Save 33% on your stay

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Larmont Sydney by Lancemore 4*

Save 33% on your stay (Must be booked 14 days before check in)

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Prices from: AU $122 per night

Spend your summer holidays in Sydney for the 40th year of the Sydney Festival! Spread over the city, Sydney Festival delivers a diverse, cultural celebration that includes music, theatre, opera, and circus performances as well as plenty of activities for the entire family. Stay at the Larmont Sydney by Lancemore and be moments away from some of the festival's highlights such as the free, open-air concerts in The Domain and Hyde Park's Meriton Festival Village which offers music and delicious popup eateries. The Larmont Sydney offers excellent value and ensures guests a comfortable nights stay with all rooms featuring a spacious king bed as well as complimentary WiFi, and an in-room iPad.

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Tuesday 15 December 2015

Grand Aegean & Adriatic Explorer gives 24 Mediterranean nights at the perfect time of year

Winter in the southern Mediterranean is a delight – very much the right place at the right time, less crowded and all yours to explore.

Cruise Traveller ( has chosen that time of year for a sparkling new cruise holiday lasting 24 nights and called 'Grand Aegean and Adriatic Explorer'.

A fly-free offer gives free round-trip airfares from Australia to join the ship in Athens and return home from Venice. Transfers are included and the itinerary visits brilliant places away from the tourist beat.

The ship is MS Minerva, operated by Swan Hellenic. This boutique-size vessel carries no more than 350 passengers. There's a wide choice of included shore excursions.

'Grand Aegean and Adriatic Explorer' is available from A$9655 per person twin share, with FREE flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Athens and return from Venice. It's valid at that rate until 31 January 2016 unless sold out beforehand.

The cruise-holiday gets underway on 14 November 2016 with a flight from Australia to Athens to join MS Minerva. The ship boasts all the refinements of an intimate country house hotel, conveying guests in style and comfort to some the world's most fascinating destinations.

There is no shortage of those on this itinerary. The ship stays overnight in Kusadasi (gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus), Athens, Dubrovnik and Venice. You can perch on the peaks of Meteora, known for monasteries set on awe-inspiring heights. Get to know Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great. A two-night stay in Istanbul gives time to discover its highlights including the Ottoman Blue Mosque. An extended stay in Piraeus includes a visit to Ancient Corinth where St Paul preached and lived for two years.

MS Minerva transits the narrow Corinth Canal and sails along Kotor Fjord to the medieval walled town of Kotor in Montenegro, one of the best preserved and most memorable medieval towns in the Adriatic, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Also listed by UNESCO is Dubrovnik, a masterpiece of cream-coloured stone. Sibenik in Dalmatia is another gem, offering some of the most memorable surroundings on the Croatian coast.

As well as a full exploration of Venice, Minerva offers a phenomenal variety of complimentary shore excursions. They are available on each day of the cruise and all are all covered by the fare.

Choices range from the Royal Tombs of Vergina to Aphrodisia and Nysa in Kusadasi, the Montenegro Riviera and Dubrovnik's Lokrum Island. Enjoy a tour of Split, a city on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast where date palms line a seafront esplanade in front of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace – a structure so well preserved that about 3000 people live within its walls today. Explore Istria and marvel at the Doges Palace and St Mark's Square in Venice.

An integrated program of talks by guest speakers aboard ship adds in-depth knowledge to the explorations. Another bonus is being able to forget about tipping – all gratuities, both aboard and while touring ashore, are covered in the upfront price. Entrance fees to places of interest visited are covered too, as are all shipboard main meals, including Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties followed by Gala Dinners.

For more information, contact:

Cruise Traveller, Boutique Voyage and Cruise Specialists

Freecall 1800 507 777 or (07) 5575 8094.

Thursday 10 December 2015

Blue Lagoon Cruises Early Bird Savings

Blue Lagoon Cruises has taken Early Bird Savings to a whole new level with a 6 months sales period from now until the end of June 2016 and a 9 month travel period from July 2016 to the end of March 2017. If you would like high resolution images to download, please click here.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To help celebrate the festive season and the welcoming of the new year we've stripped 25% off all Blue Lagoon Cruises' prices.

From now up until 30 June 2016, when you book and pay in full 6 months in advance you can cruise anytime through to 31 March 2017.

Please read more about the T&C's and remember to you use promo code ADV25-BLC when booking.

If you would like more information please visit our website or contact our friendly reservations team to book you, your family and friends on a stunning journey through the Yasawa Islands.

We hope you've had an enjoyable year and look forward to welcoming you on board sometime in the new year.


Wednesday 9 December 2015

Tigerair Australia Celebrates New Services Between Melbourne And Coffs Harbour Today


·        New route provides three weekly return services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour and the only mid-week services between the two destinations.

·        Delivers over 56,000 additional visitor seats annually through Melbourne and Coffs Harbour Airports.

·        Celebratory sale launches today with fares from $49* each way (Melbourne – Coffs Harbour) and $29* each way (Sydney – Coffs Harbour).

·        Economic benefits for Coffs Harbour region estimated by independent consulting group AEC to be almost AUD $8 million per annum.

9 December 2015: Tigerair Australia today celebrates the launch of three new weekly return services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour, in the process delivering 1,080 additional seats weekly to both destinations.

To celebrate the new route launching today, the airline is putting on a special launch day sale with fares for the new services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour on sale from just $49* each way and  between Sydney and Coffs Harbour from $29* each way. The sale which commences today at midday (AEDT), ends midday Tuesday 15 December 2015, or until sold out. (Travel periods applicable to the sale for both routes extend from 01 May to 22 June 2016).

Tigerair's newest addition to the fleet, a brand new A320 aircraft with "sharklets" on the wingtips, will fly the inaugural flight from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour today, scheduled to land in Coffs Harbour at 10:55am. On board will be senior Tigerair Australia management and a number of Melbourne travel media and industry guests, who will stay in Coffs Harbour (Novotel Pacific Bay Resort) for a few days to experience some of the many tourism drawcards of the region.

Tigerair Commercial Director Adam Rowe said this is more welcome news for Coffs Harbour and NSW tourism as part of Tigerair Australia's next phase of growth.

"Recently we announced additional services on popular NSW routes such as Sydney – Adelaide, Sydney – Cairns and Sydney – Whitsunday Coast.  The new Melbourne – Coffs Harbour route provides the only mid-week services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour and is estimated to provide significant economic value to the Coffs Harbour region of almost $8M a year by way of inbound passenger spend, as well as potential further growth and job development.

"Coffs Harbour has a great year round climate and many tourism drawcards that appeal to our core market of families, budget and leisure travellers. We're confident these new services will prove popular for Melburnians wanting to escape to a warmer and more temperate climate and also for Coffs residents wanting a break away or to visit friends and family down south."

Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight welcomed today's new route launch: "The Melbourne market provides enormous economic possibilities for this region and Coffs Harbour City Council is looking forward to working with Tigerair to maximise the success of the route. We're also looking forward to welcoming many, many new visitors to the stunning North Coast of NSW."

Key facts:

·        New route: Between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour commences today:

·        Three weekly return flights depart Melbourne at 9:05am on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8:45am on Fridays, arriving into Coffs Harbour at 10:55am Monday and Wednesday and 10:35am on Fridays. Returning from Coffs Harbour at 11:25am Mondays and Wednesdays and at 11:05am on Friday.

·        New Melbourne – Coffs Harbour route delivers 1,080 additional visitor seats weekly through Melbourne and Coffs Harbour Airports or over 56,000 additional visitor seats annually.

·        Tigerair Australia first launched services between Sydney and Coffs Harbour in February 2013 as the airline's first intrastate route.

·        The new services from Melbourne complement Tigerair's existing three weekly return services between Sydney and Coffs Harbour (every Monday, Friday and Sunday).

·        With the new Melbourne – Coffs Harbour route, Tigerair will provide double the number of visitor seats currently available through Coffs Harbour Airport, with a total of 2,160 visitor seats through Coffs Harbour Airport each week or over 112,000 visitor seats annually.

·        The new route commencing today is part of the airline's next phase of growth announced recently, including additional domestic services (between Sydney and Adelaide, Sydney and Cairns and Sydney and Whitsunday Coast). New international services to Bali, from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth commence March 2016.

·        Tigerair Australia remains committed to delivering the very best in terms affordable air fares, combined with on time flights, industry low cancellation rates and great customer service.

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Tuesday 8 December 2015

Cockatoo Island "Early Bird” Discounts for 20th Biennale

Cockatoo Island Offers “Early Bird Booking” Stay Discounts for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, 18 March – 5 June 2016

Cockatoo Island is offering discounts on its glamping packages, camping packages and camping sites to all Biennale visitors so you can sleep over on the island and make the most of your 20th Biennale of Sydney (#20BOS) experience.

The 20th Biennale of Sydney, inspired by a quote from sci-fi writer William Gibson, is titled 'The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed'. This edition of the Biennale will be presented at seven main venues conceived as “embassies of thought”.

Cockatoo Island will host the Embassy of the Real, with the former convict settlement and shipyard offering a space for artists to explore how we perceive reality in our increasingly digitised era. Artists will consider the spaces between the virtual and physical, as well as the physicality of the human body, with major works by Korakrit Arunanondchai, William Forsythe, Camille Henrot, Lee Bul, Chiharu Shiota, Ming Wong, and Xu Zhen (Produced by MadeIn Company).

Special pop-up food and drink outlets will add to the vibe of #20BOS, and you can also explore the island's fascinating convict, industrial and maritime history.

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Make your #20BOS booking before 31 December 2015 and get 20% off – use the promo code *DSYDART20
Make your #20BOS booking between 1 January-29 February 2016 and get 15% off – use the promo code *DSYDART15
Make your #20BOS booking between 1-18 March 2016 and get 10% off – use the promo code *DSYDART10

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Monday 7 December 2015

'Big Apple to Big Kahuna': New York, Hawaii and two American cruises

 'The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna' – that's New York and Hawaii. This great 23-night, fly-double-cruise-and-stay holiday offers those two classic American destinations and a lot more: seven-night cruises around New England and Hawaii respectively aboard Norwegian Gem and Pride of America, plus hotel stays and tours.

Like a lot of great adventures, 'The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna' starts in New York.

This cruise-holiday offering, exclusive to Worldwide Cruise Centres (, includes a flight from Sydney to New York. On return, you'll stop in Hawaii.

'The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna' also includes five nights at a three-star hotel in New York City, a seven-night Canada and New England cruise aboard Norwegian Gem (round-trip from New York), a visit to the top of the Empire State Building, four nights accommodation in a three-star hotel in Honolulu's celebrated Waikiki Beach area, the Big Kahuna VIP Luau feast at Honolulu Ridge historic estate, and a seven-night cruise exploration of the Hawaiian Islands aboard Pride of America.

Much more is included, such as ship's gratuities on both cruises, so you can forget about that quaint American custom of shipboard tipping.

'The Big Apple to the Big Kahuna' costs from A$7199 twin-share per-person, valid for sale at that rate until the end of January 2016, unless it sells out earlier.

It gets underway with a flight from Sydney to New York on 1 September 2016.

Flight Centre Christmas Giveaway


Flight Centre is celebrating the festive season with a 12 Days of Christmas social media competition that encourages you to #givethegiftoftravel to your friends and family.

The competition, which gives you the chance to nominate your friends and family for a chance to win a travel gift every day until December 12, has a total prize pool valuing almost $35,000.

Flight Centre's Tom Walley said prizes for the 12 Days of Christmas #givethegiftoftravel competition include a range of flights, accommodations and tours and experiences for some incredible holiday destinations.

"Christmas is a time for giving and here at Flight Centre we decided there's no better way to celebrate the festive spirit than giving social media users the opportunity to nominate their friends and family to receive the ultimate gift – travel," Mr Walley said.

"On the first day of December we gave away two return economy flights with Etihad Airways to anywhere on the Etihad network and the nominee on December 2 received two return economy flights to the Solomon Islands plus four nights accommodation in Honiara and a day tour to Savo Island Volcano.

"Other lucky winners have so far received return economy flights with Virgin Australia to anywhere on the airlines domestic network, return economy flights to Bali with Tigerair, return economy flights to Alice Springs plus four nights accommodation as well as a West MacDonnell Ranges Experience and return flights to Port Vila plus four nights accommodation at Mangoes Resort Port Vila and a Pele Island day trip.

"We can't wait to give away the rest of the prizes, which include airfares and packages to some incredible domestic and international destinations."

To enter visit, you can enter as many times as you like but you can only tag one friend per comment. Winners will be announced at 4pm AEST each day and the competition will end at 3pm AEST on December 12, 2015.

Saturday 5 December 2015

100 Years on the Western Front

July 2016 will mark 100 years since the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, and from today Australians will be able to apply to attend the services in France to commemorate these important events as part of the Anzac Centenary.

For more details see the Department of Veterans' Affairs release on this link:

For those interested in exploring the Somme by bicycle active holiday specialists Outdoor Travel, based in Bright, Victoria, offer Bike & Barge two-week cycling cruises from Paris to Bruges.  Tours spend 3 days in the Somme, mooring at Peronne near the Australian memorial site at Villers Bretonneaux or the Fourth Division memorial near Riqueval. They also visit the site where the WW1 amnesty was signed in a forest clearing near Compiegne in France.

Bike & Barge cycling cruise departures are scheduled throughout 2016 from April to October. There is a departure date in July for this interested in extending their holiday to attend the commemorations – see:

Bike & Barge cruises combine cycling and river cruising allowing partners of different abilities and interests to holiday together (trips are just as interesting for leisure cyclists OR enthusiasts), unpack once and come 'home' each night to a wonderful meal and a comfortable cabin with your own bathroom.

This is a great opportunity to explore varied and interesting countryside, visiting historic and cultural centres, sampling the wine, beer and local produce that makes this part of Belgium and France famous.  Each day you can join our cycle-guide on a bike-tour, go by yourself by bike and meet up with the group at the boat or stay on the boat to enjoy the cruise.  In the evenings the guide offers a city-walk or other activities.

Well-maintained multi-geared bicycles with panniers are provided and a fascinating and varied guided cycling program with free time to explore each day's destination.

Outdoor Travel offer a choice of dates & four very different barges this route – details can be found on these links: or  or

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